The objective of this Manual of Style is to provide guidelines for maintaining visual and textual consistency. Adherence to the following guidelines is not required; however, usage of these guidelines is recommended. By maintaining consistency, WikiSCUM will be read, written, edited, navigated, and used easier by both readers and editors.
New contributors are reminded that clear, informative, and unbiased writing is more important than presentation and formatting. Writers are not expected or required to follow all or any of these rules: the joy of wiki editing is that perfection is not required.
The opening paragraph should give:
- City or town they represent (Santa Cruz, Aptos, Soquel, etc.)
- Music genre (psychobilly, indie, hardcore, etc.)
- Current members with associated instruments listed in parenthesis immediately after the member's name
- Their most significant accomplishments
- If the band is defunct, the range of years they played in Santa Cruz
- If the band moved away from Santa Cruz County, the range of years they played in Santa Cruz County, the year and destination of their move
- If all the members grew up in Santa Cruz County, that they are homegrown
- If the band is defunct or inactive, mention of what the current members are up to
- The Catastrophes was a Santa Cruz indie rock band (2002) comprised of Mia Riddle (vox/guitar, Josh Nelson (bass) and Greg Braithwaite (drums). They played gigs in Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco and Petaluma. They were a part of the 2002 Porterpalloza and The Big Bang 2002. The Catastrophes broke up by the end of 2002. Riddle moved to New York City shortly thereafter.
- The Lowdown is a Santa Cruz noise band that formed in 1997. The band consists of Hugh Holden (guitar/vox), Josh Alper (keyboards/vox), and Noel Harmonson (drums). The band did not break up, but they have not played a show since 2003. Their last Santa Cruz show was on October 24, 2003 at Close To Too Much Fun as part of the Big Bang 2003. Harmonson is currently focusing his attention on Comets on Fire, while Holden and Apler are working on Whysp.
Preferably in the following order, the central paragraphs of a band's article should address:
- When and how the band met, and who were the original members
- A description of the band's sound (and its evolution), and the band's significance and influence within Santa Cruz County
- Personnel changes
- Good stories
- How the band chose their name, and what the name means
If the band has one or more recordings available, add ==Discography== and list each release chronologically, from oldest to most recent. Please use the following format:
- Record title (date) label. description/comments.
If the band has one or more external links, add ==External links== at the end. For consistancy sake, please use the plural links even if there is only one external link.
External links should be limited to:
- The official band webpage
- Band pages created by labels
- Band pages placed on community websites (such as Myspace)
- Fan pages (if useful to readers)
- Articles appearing in Santa Cruz County newspapers (such as the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Metro Santa Cruz)
With a band's permission, list contact emails, mailing addresses and/or phone numbers. Use [[Contact information]] as the heading.